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International Migrants Day

International Migrants Day is celebrated every year on Dec. 18.

Adopted by the United Nations in 2000, the date is intended to raise awareness about migrant rights amid rising migration and globalization.

There are more migrants today than at any point in human history. The total number of international migrants has increased from an estimated 175 million in 2000 to 244 million persons in 2015, according to the United Nations.

However, migrants in the United States, Europe and elsewhere are experiencing rising challenges. From Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh to Central American workers stranded in Mexico, migrants all over the world are going through trials and tribulations.

On the International Migrants Day, teleSUR takes a look at some of the top stories that affected migrants in 2017.

If You Watch One Thing

 

By the Numbers

 

Stories that Shaped 2017

 

Trump Eliminates TPS Protections for Nicaraguan Migrants
The U.S. government will evaluate extending TPS status for Honduran citizens in July 2018.
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U.S. Announces End to Migration Benefit for Haiti
All of 58,706 beneficiaries will have until July 2018 to return to their country of origin.
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Trump Scraps DACA Immigration Program

The DACA program has provided legal status, work authorization and other benefits to about 800,000 young men and women.
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Over 500 Refugees Die in Mediterranean Since Start of Year

January was the deadliest month, with 228 victims. In February, the number reached 217 while in March, 36 deaths have so far been registered.
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Over 18,000 Rohingyas Fled Violence in Myanmar Last Week: IOM

A majority of those fleeing the violence are women and children.
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Mexico Quake Victims Aided by Central American 'Migrant Brigade' as Government Fails

“The reality is that independent organizations are the ones supporting the people," brigade coordinator Hermano Jose Filiberto Velazquez told teleSUR.
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